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  • Language barrier - please list your language skills here

    The recent arrival of a number of new members who are not fluent in English is very gratifying (we are truly becoming a global resource) but we need to find a solution to the language barrier.

    I propose that we create a list here of members who are fluent in English and other languages who will be willing to translate for our non-English speaking members.

    If you are willing and able to do translation here please specify your language abilities:

    Dodger67 - Fluent in Afrikaans. Vlot in Afrikaans.
    I can translate Dutch (Nederlands) to English but not English to Dutch.
    Ik kan vertalen Nederlands naar het Engels, maar niet Engels naar Nederlands.
    Last edited by Dodger67; 06-25-2011, 09:44 AM.
    Roger
    Sumus semper in excretum sed alta variat!

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    I have some skill in French. I'm not sure if I'd say I'm a fluent translator yet, but I'd be willing to take a whack at it.
    "Paranoia is just another word for longevity."
    -Anita Blake

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    • #3
      I can read German quite well, and quite a bit of French too. So...
      -NerdaliciouS-

      "As for me, all I know is that I know nothing." ~ Socrates

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      • #4
        I speak fluent German (I spoke German before I learned English),I read it okayish but can't write it worth a darn.I Learned French in school but don't remember hardly any of it.

        Gymp
        I think,I think I am,therefore I am,I think.
        (Moody Blues "In the Beginning")

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        • #5
          Chinese (simplified)- Wouldn't consider myself fluent but good enough to get the gist from most non-specialised material. As I don't have anyone to speak Chinese to at home, I'm retrogressing from my previously acquired skills.

          Malay- Can read and understand quite well.

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          • #6
            I speak Polish fluently, have been improving upon my writing skills in that language....and have been dabbling in French and Spanish in the last half year as well.

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            • #7
              I know a good bit of Spanish, and can speak (but not read) toddler level Chinese.

              Kelly

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              • #8
                Originally posted by leila View Post
                I know a good bit of Spanish, and can speak (but not read) toddler level Chinese.

                Kelly
                My heavy-accented Chinese speaking ability is toddler level too. Strangely enough, most adults understand me while toddlers usually have a hard time understanding me (I have a hard time understanding toddlers too). My reading and writing abilities are better though.

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                • #9
                  I wonder where our Spanish speaking regulars are?
                  Is my impression (from movies and tv) that Hispanic Americans are generally bilingual incorrect?
                  Roger
                  Sumus semper in excretum sed alta variat!

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                  • #10
                    I presume that both of you mean Mandarin as your spoken dialect?
                    Roger
                    Sumus semper in excretum sed alta variat!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dodger67 View Post
                      I presume that both of you mean Mandarin as your spoken dialect?
                      Yes, the dialect I learnt was Mandarin.
                      Due to poor demand and lower mutual intelligibility, other dialects are rarely offered to foreign language learners of Chinese.

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                      • #12
                        I have some Italian capability so I raise my hand

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                        • #13
                          I have a degree in German, although my written skills are a bit rusty now.
                          Born 1981 with Spina Bifida Myelomenigocele. Full time wheelchair user.

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                          • #14
                            My native language is Dutch. Translating from Dutch to English and English to Dutch is no problem. I have basic skills in understanding German and French. To speak or write it, I don't feel very confident (vocabulary is definitely lacking, compared to English).
                            Working for the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, I have access to volunteers who translate English to French, English to Portuguese and English to Spanish, and I'm sure they can manage the other way around as well. However, their time is limited.

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                            • #15
                              Hello all, I'm new here, but I can offer my translating skills!
                              I can easily translate Serbian (my native), Croatian and Bosnian language.
                              Some Greek, French and Russian too, but I'm a bit rusty in those...
                              Ana, mommy to Antonije-Toni(born on Dec 23rd 2010) born with SBO, lipomeningocele and TCS. Toni had his first lipoma removal and de-tethering surgery when he was 1 year old(Jan 11th, 2012).

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